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Narrated by a tiger being held captive, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo follows the intertwined lives of two American Marines and one Iraqi gardener as they search through the rubble of war for friendship, redemption and a toilet seat made of gold.

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Performances ended on Jul. 3, 2011.

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About Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo on Broadway

Previews: Mar 11, 2011 • Opening: Mar 31, 2011 • Closing: Jul 3, 2011
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Richard Rodgers Theatre Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
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What Is the Story of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo?
Bengal Tiger follows the interweaving lives of a group of people in Baghdad during the Iraq war. The story begins while two American soldiers guard a caged tiger inside the Baghdad Zoo. When the tiger tries to attack one man, the other shoots the animal. The ghost of the tiger soon begins to haunt the soldier as those around the soldier begin to suspect he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The story also focuses on an Iraqi translator working with the Americans who hallucinates conversations with his deceased former employer, Uday Hussein (son of Saddam).


A collection of our favorite reviews from professional news sources.

"Dark and disturbing but also corrosively funny, Rajiv Joseph’s play set during the early days of the Iraq War is an exotic original."

The Hollywood Reporter

David Rooney

"[Robin Williams] gives a performance of focused intelligence and integrity, embodying the animal who becomes the play’s questioning conscience with a savage bite that never loosens its grip"

The New York Times

Charles Isherwood

"It's the most original drama written about the Iraq War. Joseph's metaphoric inventiveness is magnificently displayed throughout, and the kaleidoscope of figures and images bespeaks a purely theatrical imagination. "

Los Angeles Times

Chris McNulty

"There is much to admire in the play, including its commentary on war and its aftershocks on both soldiers and civilians. Most of all, the sheer theatricality of Joseph's work makes it worth celebrating. "

New York Daily News

Joe Dziemianowicz

"It's not often that you hear voices like these on a Broadway stage, and Bengal Tiger gives them vivid, compelling life."

USA Today

Elysa Gardner

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Robin Williams
Bengal Tiger
Glenn Davis
Brad Fleischer
Hrach Titizian
Sheila Vand
Necar Zadegan


Written by
Rajiv Joseph
Moisés Kaufman
Set Designer
Derek McLane
Costume Designer
David Zinn
Lighting Designer
David Lander
Sound Designer
Acme Sound Partners and Cricket S. Myers
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